We began our adventure in Los Angeles at Universal Studios where we all got on the studio tour to see the movie and television sets. Many of the girls were very excited to see the set of Desperate Housewives; while some of our male trip members were excited to see the cars from The Fast and the Furious. We got to ride some amazing, thrilling rides. The following day we got to explore Venice Beach and the trip members were able to go into all the unique shops.
We then made our way to the UCLA facilities and the bookstore, where trip members had the chance to get some coveted UCLA memorabilia.
The trip had a very meaningful experience volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank where we packed over 11,000 pounds of food to help people in need. After a rewarding morning helping others we made our way to Disneyland. Trip members were able to go on the rides and experience the magic of Disney during the revamped firework show and parade.
Lions, tigers and bears! Oh my! Trip members got to see the San Diego Zoo and look at the amazing wildlife living there. We took the Safari Bus Tour around the zoo before exploring on our own. We saw many amazing animals like the California condor, tigers, elephants and even took some selfies with the apes!
During our final day in San Diego we all had the chance to ride some amazing waves while surfing. The trip members could not stop talking about how much fun it was to surf, and it was a first for many!
Next up – Viva Las Vegas!
Welcome to Sin City! We arrived in Las Vegas with time to enjoy the hotel and explore everything it had to offer. That evening we went for dinner at an Italian restaurant where we celebrated Arin’s birthday. After dinner we headed to the shops in the Venetian where some male trip members were able to get dessert from Carlos Baker; they especially enjoyed the cannolis and donuts.
The following morning we headed to the Stratosphere where majority of the trip members went on the Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream rides. The trip members loved the rides and the thrilling experience that came with them. That evening we headed to New York, New York hotel where trip members had the opportunity to ride the famous roller coaster in the hotel. During dinner and their time to explore the New York, New York, Cole, Edan, Jake, Justin S, and Will saw Jahlil Okafor; he was the 3rd overall pick for this year’s NBA draft and will be playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. The boys were extremely excited to share this with the rest of their trip members. We then made our way to the Hershey’s, M&M’s and Coca Cola stores to buy some tasty souvenirs.
We are now on our way to Utah and cannot wait to see the Canyons!
– The Westcoast Blogger